Delia Locke


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especially if he may be allowed to buckle and unbuckle them, take them all to pieces and put them together again. Now this habit of his makes considerable trouble especially if he happens not to leave the things put together properly. But then we think it best not to dis courage it, as by being acquainted with the way in which things are made, and the uses of each part, he will be prepared for emergencies. He has a remarkable memory. He speaks of things which occurred in the family more than two years ago, to which reference has never since been made in his presence. For six months past he has been of great service to me in going of errands, remembering the instructions given him in every particular. He has great fondness for pets, and is very trust worthy in caring for the little ones. He can now read easy sentences very well. Mr. Geo. Thomason called here the forenoon. Messrs. Cogswell and J H. Smith took tea with us. (T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 70.) Apr. 17. Wednesday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 61.) Apr. 18. Thursday. Weather still cloudy. We have received a letter from our parents. Father is strongly disposed to come here, and wishes he had come with Roland. The family may all yet come. Warlike demonstrations are being made between north and south. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 81. S.S. 73.) Apr. 19. Friday. We still have cloudy weather. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 57.) Apr. 20. Saturday. Mr. Cogswell to dinner. We have attended the Division meeting this evening. Two men and one woman were initiated. Geo. Flood was one who was initiated. He lives fourteen miles below us. Another was proposed who will come the same distance or farther. It was announced that the Grand Worthy Patriarch will speak at wood bridge tomorrow night. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 60.) Apr. 21. Sabbath. Mother is now forty five years old. Geo. Flood has been here all day. Mr. Gove took dinner with us. I have attended church with the others. Mr. Mecker preached. The subject was "the light from the Word of God. This evening I accompanied the Dr. and Mr. Holden to Woodbridge to hear the lecture of the G. W. P. But he was not there, so we had an opportunity of attending the Division, which at present is not so large as ours. We had a pleasant ride and a pleasant meeting. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.) Apr. 22. Monday. Susie came this afternoon and left little Sarah here while she went to the schoolhouse. She is at present engaged in teaching songs to the school - children for them to sing on May day. She will go down every day this week to attend to it. Dr. has gone to Stockton. The Grand Division of the Sons of Temperance will hold its semi - annual session there this week, commencing on tomorrow, and Dr. will attend it. Susie is here to tea and will stop all night. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 57.) Apr. 23. Tuesday. Susie stopped to breakfast and left Sarah all day while she went calling with Mrs. Sabin about the May-party. Mr. Compton called this afternoon. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 73. S.S. 68.) Apr. 24. Wednesday. Dr. arrived home from Stockton last night and went again this morning Susie called a short time. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 61.) Apr. 25. Thursday. Dr, still absent. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 58.) Apr. 26. Friday. Mr. Clapp called today and presented us with some strawberries from the garden of the Mountain Spring House, where he lives. Dr. has arrived from Stockton. He is much interested in the Grand Division. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 67. S.S. 63.) Apr. 27. Saturday. The Grand Worthy Patriarch - A.D. Jones- was here to dinner and supper. He has been in the Division this evening, but I have been so very busy cooking for the May party, that I have not attended. Five men initiated tonight. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.)

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April 1861

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